Definition of discountenance in English:


Line breaks: dis|coun¦ten|ance
Pronunciation: /dɪsˈkaʊntɪnəns


[with object]
  • 1Refuse to approve of: the best solution to alcohol abuse is a healthy family life where alcohol consumption is discountenanced
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    • That is why a daring mission 63 years ago today - with strength and numbers that might have caused it to be discountenanced as a stunt - had such a powerful effect not only on Americans but also the Japanese leaders and people.
    • There are those who think that if all unfair practices were discountenanced it would add very much to the enjoyment of a country life.
    • They were ‘a community which discountenances the development of a just society predicated on principles of equality and fairness’, he said.
    disapprove of, frown on, take a dim view of, be against, not believe in, object to, find unacceptable, think wrong

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